Sugar Land, TX– Tonight the Somerset Patriots (39-20) are in the Lone Star State to battle the Sugar Land Skeeters (31-27) for the first game of a four game weekend series from Constellation Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 7-2 against the Skeeters in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Maloney (3-2, 3.14 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Steve Hammond (3-5, 3.70 ERA) takes the hill for the Skeeters.
Somerset leads Long Island by 5.0 games in the first half Liberty Division race. Somerset went 6-4 against Long Island in the first half so if these two squads finished tied after 70 games then Somerset would hold the tie breaker because the Patriots won the first half head-to-head series. The magic number is 7 (combination of Patriots wins and/or Ducks losses).
Best Of The Best
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League have won a season-high seven games in a row. Somerset is 10-1 in its last 11 games. The Patriots are a season-high 19 games above .500
Swatting The Skeeters
Since August of 2013 the Patriots are 13-3 against the Skeeters including the playoffs
The Patriots are 34-3 when they score four runs or more but only 5-17 when they score three runs or fewer.
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith is 8-for-15 with 8 RBI, 2 HRs, and a two RBI walk-off double in his last five contest.
Adam Donachie has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 26-1 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week the Brett Jodie Show as the skipper talks about the red hot Somerset Patriots and discusses the World Cup. The next live stream game is Thursday, July 3rd when Somerset host Lancaster from TD Bank Ballpark.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 8:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.